Tea Party's Health Care Opposition Turns Racist, Violent

I can respect conservatives who can respect liberals. I can work with conservatives who are willing to work with progressives. If your goal is to move America rather than your party forward, than I'd like to shake your hand and find a way to do it together. What I cannot respect are people who think it's painfully obvious that their beliefs are the one and only definition of "right" or of "American." I cannot abide for half a second those people who think anyone even half an inch different than they are unpatriotic, socialist, elitist, stupid, or undeserving.

And that is why I loathe Glenn Beck and the Tea Party movement. You think government is too big? Okay, I get that. You think the President is taking us down a bad path? I disagree, but whatever. You believe Congress is broken? Who doesn't. You think black people who dare to disagree with you are Soviet Kenyan n------s who gas Jews? Well in that case, you represent none of the best and all of the worst of American history, you racist, uninformed, self-righteous, cowardly, unpatriotic, anarchist halfwit toads. Roll Call reports:

Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.) said tea party protesters opposed to the health care reform legislation yelled racial epithets at Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Lewis’ chief of staff earlier today. Carson said the taunts against Lewis came as the three men — all African-American — walked out of the Cannon House Office Building for votes this afternoon.

“They were shouting the N-word,” Carson said. “It was like a page out of a time machine.” Carson said Capitol Police surrounded the group and escorted them across the street to the Capitol.

And staffers and Members reported seeing Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) slurred for being a homosexual and a protester spitting on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), another African-American lawmaker.

Do these addle-brained huns really think they’re going to change anyone’s mind with racist name calling? Do you they honestly think that this tripe passes for factual discourse? As conservative Joe Scarborough tweets, "John Lewis is a friend, a great man and an American hero. Anyone attacking such a man with racial slurs has a dark heart and a grim soul." And "Also, the attacks against Barney Frank were hateful and outrageous. Barney and I usually disagreed in Congress but he loves his country."

Also, check out this picture, H/T Think Progress:

Yeah, killing democratically elected leaders. That's real patriotic. You're just a regular John Wilkes Booth there, aren't ya.

To lighten things up, here’s Jon Stewart’s latest BRILLIANT style parody takedown of Glenn Beck. "It's not that I'm saying, I'm not saying that believing there should be a minimum standard for how much lead there can be in our paint might lead to a government right to sterilize and kill Jews, I'm not saying that that might be the case! I'm saying that's the case."

Tags: Glenn Beck, Jon Stewart, health care reform, racism, Tea Party, Barney Frank, Andre Carson, John Lewis, Emanuel Cleaver (all tags)



When A Thesaurus Jogs Your Memory

It turns out insulting people without resulting to swearing or simpleton synonyms for "moron" is kind of hard. I need to work on that.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-20 09:25PM | 0 recs
But Joe still didn't call them out

At some point, people like Joe just need to denounce these people and disown them, not go "people who talk like this make me sad."


by anonevent 2010-03-20 09:57PM | 0 recs
RE: But Joe still didn't call them out

I think calling people hateful, outrageous, and possessive of dark hearts and grim souls counts as denouncing them. But if you disagree, he's got some other choice Tweets today, take a look: http://twitter.com/joenbc

I agree, though, that the official GOP establishment has been awfully silent on the issue, and that's just wrong, that's all it is, wrong wrong wrong hateful wrong.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-20 10:21PM | 0 recs

Very well stated

by dvk 2010-03-20 09:58PM | 1 recs

What decade are these people stuck in?  History will not judge them kindly.

by Steve M 2010-03-20 11:17PM | 1 recs

The two main issues I have with this post are  first that the author loathes a  failed hollywood entertainer - isn't the 24 hour news cycle about entertainment, and not news to begin with? Also the author is opposed to a radical, new, and young political party  that is well beyond the control of lobbyism. Say what you will about the hard left and the hard right but lobbyists love the center - and they would love to make sure the dying GOP stays in power and a new party doesn't arise - it would be far too expensive for them to buy off a whole new round of senators , no?


Another point that I feel is sort of off base about this whole thread is that the author seems to highlight all the red herrings left out  that are obviously meant to be consumed by Television viewers -


Did not a news media entertainment channel play an important role in the Tea party's genesis?


The sad fact: to be quoting and extending the name and fame of any element of this bogus - made-for-tv play or its players would be  advertising revenue to the other side. The staged righteous indignation from the far right is more about getting them noticed than it is about getting anything done. Healthcare summit proved that.



The corruption can be cured by another party . It will come.

by Trey Rentz 2010-03-20 11:23PM | 0 recs
RE: Disagree

The author is not opposed to the creation of a new political party, assuming it's not a far-right one. But the tea party is not a party, it is a movement, and it is an uninformed, arrogant one that believes the solution to our problems lies in an ammo box rather than in hard work and community. And as for Beck, the author wishes he were just a failed Hollywood entertainer, but recognizes that he is the prime "news" source for millions of Americans and has caused at least two Administration officials to lose their jobs, and that he was one of the prime causes of the August "town halls" that slowed health care momentum and led to Finance Committee's polarization and the eventual weakening of the bill. Beck may not have an effect on elections, but he does have an effect on some policy and personnel that O'Lielly and Hannity can only dream about. Beck - who has never worked in Hollywood, but rather comes to punditry from a morning radio clown career - may have failed at other things in life, but his cuirrent show and movement are hardly also-rans. Wish that they were, and wish that instead of a "tea party," our third political entity were something in the center or center-left, something that could affect process for the better rather than enflame fear and violence.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-21 12:06AM | 0 recs
RE: Disagree

Teabaggers are owned by lobbyists. You are falling for the media's hype.


The protesters will fall into line and do as they are told, as always.

by bay of arizona 2010-03-21 04:19PM | 0 recs
"...a dark heart and a grim soul"

At some point, someone has to speak up and say: this is what conservatism is.

I pray that they shall have their comeuppance tomorrow around 2 o'clock in the afternoon, but the war won't end there.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-03-21 12:23AM | 0 recs
RE: "...a dark heart and a grim soul"

I disagree with that. (With the first part, not the second part - 2pm comeuppance, good stuff.) I think conservatism is a misreading of what is effective, but isn't necessarily misplaced values. There are conservatives who don't care about the poor, and yes, those folks have grim souls, but there are also conservatives who DO care about the poor; they just don't think government (and thus taxes) is (are) the most effective way of helping those folks. They're not dark or grim, they're just wrong, and I don't think it's helpful or appropriate to make misplaced character attacks on them.

The tea partiers who attacked Lewis and Frank - yes, grim souls. But there are plenty of conservatives, albeit maybe not in Congress, who were chagrined by those attacks. It's their leaders that are the problem, as desmoinesdem points out.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-21 12:28AM | 0 recs
I'm not so sure.

The GOP leaders didn't materialize out of the ether -- they were put there, by republicans. No one would ever fail to hold liberals accountable for their elected officials. I remember in the heyday of the Clinton impeachment, how great analysis was dedicated to whether Bill Clinton's actions were symbolic of the greater problems with Democrats and liberalism.

Yes, there are decent conservatives, just as there are vile progressives. It is not a matter of black and white.

But we have a duly elected Republican body that never once attempted to distance themselves from these individuals, not even today. In fact, they embrace them, explicitely or by omission.

You poll Republicans, and you find that myths rooted in xenophobia are pervasive, such as Barack Obama not being a U.S. Citizen. These beliefs have nothing to do with reality, and everything to do with the ugly side of humanity.

So while it is true that not all conservatives have a dark heart and a grim soul, too many to ignore do, and their leaders are more than willing to take advantage of it.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-03-21 06:31PM | 0 recs
RE: I'm not so sure.

The left has a lunatic fringe just as fruity as the right (OK, maybe not as fruity * ). However they are marginal to non-existent in the Democratic party (as is fairly evident from the HC debate). The GOP on the other hand is wholely in the grip of their lunatic fringe. I still remember the rights attack on Orin Hatch for supporting SCHIP.

* I point out the difference between Al Franken and Maddow on one side and Limbaugh and Beck on the other.

by vecky 2010-03-21 10:21PM | 0 recs

The tea party is the beginning of a party. Like it or not.
As for the other guy you keep talking about?

He's a failed entertainer.

by Trey Rentz 2010-03-21 12:33AM | 0 recs
RE: Clarification

Wow, you're very persuasive. Look at all those facts you've got there. Such amazing, sound arguments. Color me convinced!

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-21 12:57AM | 0 recs
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by Winning Progressive 2010-03-21 01:47AM | 1 recs
It did no "turn" racist

I remember "taxpayers are the jews in Obama's ovens" from the spring. They were always like this. If only certain Dems in DC realized that - there never will be any compromise with these people.


And don't give me that "principled" shit. The only people you can say are principled are those that opposed the same things when Bush was in office (I am thinking of Rep Ron Paul and former Rep Bob Barr, on the war and civil liberties, respectively).

by bay of arizona 2010-03-21 04:22PM | 0 recs


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